Chief Clarence Burke

Chief Clarence Burke, who served as chief of the now Confederated Tribes of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Tribes from 1936 until his death in 1987, is acclaimed as one of the most photographed Indians in North America. Burke also served as co-chief of the Pendleton Round-Up for 51 years. The Chief, who was renowned as a defender of his people’s traditions and treaty rights, was a tremendous ambassador of the Indian people and of the Pendleton Round-Up. Burke was known to wear his hair long braids, traditional of the early day Indian. It is told that people were often drawn to Chief Burke due to his impressive presence Рboth in stature and demeanor. He taught others to build no barrier between each other, and enjoy a sense of humor. Burke also participated in the Happy Canyon Pageant since its addition to the Indian portion in 1916.